People Actually Read My Blog · 10 April 2021

It is strange to think that people actually read my blog.

I know it is a strange thought that a writer would think it strange that people actually read his stuff, but I do. Of course, I love to hear that people might be reading anything that I write. It is just that it is a surprise to learn that somebody might have read something I wrote. Or even that somebody knows that I write.

I thought of this the other day when one of my friends and co-workers said something about my MediocreMan blog. It was surely in context, but it kinda came out of the blue. Okay, not completely. He asked if I was going to retire on my income from my blog. Actually, that is a complete fabrication. He just wondered if MediocreMan was going to be what I do when I retire from my day job.

Now, I am used to my friends M&M reading my stuff to have ammunition to tease me with, but Seth is not like that. I know that everybody in my building knows that I write. After all, I have shared a couple pieces that I wrote about them with them. I usually send the text of my blog in an email. I also give them a link to my blog. Naturally. It is not that I am trying to promote my avocation at my vocation. I just want them to know that I shared my thoughts with the world and not just with them. Especially, when I am telling the world how proud I am to work with our staff.

Okay. I know that I am not really telling the world. But the few readers I do have (both real and imaginary) mean the world to me.

(By the way, if you have not been reading my blog for very long, you might not recognize the running gag. I have talked about real and imaginary readers since almost the beginning of my blog. So when I mention readers, I keep the running gag going. I suppose that is because I like running gags. Even if they are just inside jokes. Even if they are not so funny. I suppose I continue to do them because they tickle me. Even if everybody else just rolls their eyes when I do them. But that is another story. (Which is also a running gag.))

Now where was I? Oh yeah.

I love to hear that people read my blog. Even if they might just be reading it to see that they were mentioned. Or because they want ammunition to tease me with. Or even just to see if I can write. I was actually humbled and embarrassed that Seth mentioned my blog even though we were the only ones there. While we all like to be thanked and praised, it is still embarrassing. (By the way, is it humble to say you were humbled? Or is it just a ruse? I really do not know.)

At any rate. To make a short story a little longer, I was happy and surprised and amazed that Seth mentioned MediocreMan by name. I have not asked him if he has only read the things I have sent him because it does not really matter. I am just glad he liked the things that he has read. (Yes, it is an assumption that he read my blog. But one I will make in this case.)

When all is said and done, I really do marvel that people read my blog. I appreciate it. Still, I think it strange. And I suppose it really is strange that I think it strange that people read my writing.

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